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Newsletter December 2021

Merry Christmas!

On Christmas Eve it will be exactly ten years since the Foresters Arms reopened after being rescued for the community, thanks to the generous support given by you, our members.

To mark this momentous achievement, we are planning to hold celebratory events at the Foresters Arms next year, when hopefully we will have glorious sunshine and there will be less uncertainty that Coronavirus will affect our plans. Looking back, what was achieved in the early part of 2011 can only be described as truly remarkable.

ln less than a year, funds were raised to buy and refurbish what had become an asset-stripped building site and the Foresters Arms was once again open for business. The dedication and determination of the management committee formed in March that year inspired local people, as well as those not living in the area, to pledge to buy shares. By April over £157,000 had been pledged and by June it was possible to make an offer of £225,000 to purchase what was left of the Foresters Arms.

The offer was accepted and the CCP Ltd became the owners of the Foresters Arms in July 2011.

By October Kimberley and Allan had been appointed tenants and plans were made to open the Foresters Arms for drinks on Christmas Eve.

Over £348,000 had been raised from the sale of shares by January 2012 which meant that refurbishment works could continue. By April the three letting bedrooms were ready for guests and a commercial kitchen had been fitted, meaning that food could be prepared just in time for Mother's Day.

The last 20 months have been extremely difficult for the whole of the hospitality industry with many pubs permanently closing. Thanks to the efforts of our tenants Keith and Lesley, we are pleased to say that the Foresters Arms has survived the various lockdowns and restrictions placed upon pubs due to the pandemic.

Thank you for being shareholders in the buildings of our community pub in Coverdale. We are very grateful for your support, especially through this difficult period.

We send our good wishes to you for Christmas and the New Year.

If you have changed postal address, email address or telephone number please inform John Watson our membership secretary, his contact details are below:

 

John Watson,

Membership Secretary

Fell View,

West Scrafion

Leyburn

North Yorkshire DL8 4RU

Tel: 01969 640241

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